The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has claimed that the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was not signed by a legal practitioner licensed to practice in Nigeria.
Atiku had filed a petition before the presidential election tribunal to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls and the legal team is led by Livy Uzoukwu with 31 other lawyers.
INEC, in its response as the first respondent in the case said the petition was not signed by a legal practitioner enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The electoral body said the results Atiku claimed to have polled were “invented” solely for the petition, adding that it never transmitted results electronically.
INEC’s response to Atiku’s petition read: “That the Petitioner’s Petition, List of Witnesses and List of Documents as filed are incompetent and ought to be struck out as same were not signed by a legal practitioner enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria and licensed to practise in Nigeria.”